Invitation to contribute – LncRNAs: From disease biomarkers to targeted therapeutics

As per genomic and the transcriptomic view, our index of genetic elements is brimming with long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs). These have largely gained the attention of world scientific community and are currently in the spot light of the researchers. Since the research regarding these essential biomolecules is still in its infancy and the significant mysteries of lncRNA mechanisms still need to be answered, a lot of research has been published in the past several years which need to be summarised in a comprehensive and captivating manner for the benefit of scientific community.

In this regard we would like to invite you to contribute a chapter to our book we are going to publish with Cambridge Scholars publishing house. Initial contacts with the publishers have indicated a strong interest, and we are now at the stage of putting together a list of authors and abstracts to finalise the book for publishing.

Keeping the biologists, biochemists and other molecular scientists in mind, this book shall meet the essential need for a textbook dedicated to the topic and shall recreate the excitement surrounding the scientific revolution sparked by the discovery of long noncoding RNAs. This book shall provide a comprehensive and captivating account of lncRNA research, describes how scientists unravelled fundamental questions about the biochemical and genetic importance of lncRNAs and how lncRNAs are generated and used to control gene expression and mediate key cellular processes. With a scope extending from the early 20th century to the present day and with the clarity expected from an accomplished textbook author.

This book shall address the roles of lncRNAs in the regulation of genetic information, as well as the recently discovered functions of these RNA species in pathogen defence, cell differentiation and higher-level genomic regulation. The book is geared towards scientists from the graduate level on up, and will particularly appeal to active investigators in RNA biology, educators of molecular biology and biochemistry, and science historians.

If you are interested in this venture, as we hope you are, please take note of the following:

  • An abstract of 300 words should be submitted to the editors by email (mudasirbio@skuastkashmir.ac.in and/or drtajamulmumtaz@gmail.com) preferably by 20th February 2018. Abstracts should feature the working title of the proposed chapter, the author or authors responsible for it, together with the details of the corresponding author.
  • Prospective authors are encouraged to write a chapter specifically for the book. However, it is also possible to draw on already published work, adapting this to address the book theme. Copyright clearance for work that has already been published is entirely the responsibility of the contributing authors, and evidence of such clearance may be required by the publishers when we submit the final draft of the book.
  • Chapters need to be written in English, and language editing is the responsibility of the authors.
    The editors will choose the most promising abstracts from those submitted: the criteria that will be used here are: relevance to the goals set out for the book, originality of scope, theoretical sophistication, and empirical grounding of the material.
  • We will be aiming to have a broad representation of authors. Prospective authors will be informed of our editorial decision by 10 March 2018. Feedback will be provided so as to ensure that selected chapters are written in ways that contribute organically to the volume planned.
  • The first draft of the chapter is to reach the editors by 30TH April 2018. Editorial comments will reach authors by 20 May 2018, and final drafts will need to be submitted by 10th June 2018 for onward transmission to the publishers.
  • Chapters will need to be around 6,000-8,000 words in length. The style sheet for references and bibliography will be forwarded to all authors whose abstract has been selected for the volume.
  • We do hope you will feel able to respond positively to this invitation, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Edited by Dr. Syed Mudasir Ahmad—Peerzada Tajamul Mumtaz—Qamar Taban Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology- Kashmir

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